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Social Web and Identity 2009 : Special Issue on Social Web and Identity, Identity in the Information Society, a Journal published by Springer


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Submission Deadline Nov 16, 2008
Notification Due Feb 7, 2009
Final Version Due Apr 17, 2009
Categories    identity   social web   web 2.0   HASTAC

Call For Papers

***Deadline extended until Nov 16, 2008***

Special Issue on Social Web and Identity, Identity in the Information Society Edited by Springer
Guest Editor: Thierry Nabeth, INSEAD, France
Submission: Idis(@)

Keywords: identity, web 2.0, social web, online social networking

Call for papers

The social web refers to an important constituent of the latest Internet revolution (also termed Web 2.0), which is the result of the transformation of the Internet from an information space into a social space. In this new context, passive users have become full actors in a participatory ecosystem in which everybody contributes to the creation and exchange of knowledge using a variety of new tools and processes (social networking, blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, voting and opinion systems, etc.). Key to this social process is the development the online identity of the participants that consists of a patchwork of information of diverse origins and quality and which includes both the information explicitly provided by the users (in their home pages, social networking profile), information that can be inferred from their actions (people can express their opinion, and leave traces that are easily available), or generated by others explicitly (for instance when they provide an opinion) or implicitly (when people “vote with their feet” in favour of something or someone).

In this new world, identity correlates to reputation and trust, and the construction of a good identity will translate into successful online experience: “socially proclaimed” experts are more heeded online, and impact on the beliefs of others; the vendors with the best reputation make more sales; the participants of dating sites (or more prosaically of a job search site) who project the best image attract more dates (or have more appointments), etc. But also, people with weak or inadequate identity, are excluded, or simply ignored. In short, a situation not so different from what exists in the off-line world.
This online Identity is also less and less “virtual” in its consequences, with people spending an increasing amount of their time online, and this activity becoming an increasingly important part of their real life, when it is not “colliding” directly with their off-line life (for instance people have been fired for posting on a blog).


Given the growing importance of this online identity, we would like in this special issue of JIDIS to investigate the identity aspects related to this social web.
In particular we would like to explore certain topics that have raised questions related to identity in the context of the social web such as:

•           How these Identities are constructed and in particular what are the different components of these Identities? Who is in control?
•           What are the mechanisms / technologies that intervene in the construction of these Identities (such as Web 2.0 technologies, social translucence), and other services that have appeared (Examples: Social aggregators, eraser services, etc.)?
•           How reliable are these online identities? Are some systems more reliable than others (Wikis, reputation systems, dating systems)? What about the value of “gigantic” personal social networks (contests)?
•           Identity and privacy. For instance some of these systems may “feel” secure but actually expose more information than people think.
•           Identity and control of the online Identity? How to deal with persistence and erasability and how to correct it?
•           Identity in different Web 2.0 collaborative contexts such as Blog, Wikis, reputation systems, Online social networking, etc.
- Identity and OSN (Online social networking). Facebook, LinkedIn, Bebo, MySpace, etc.
- Identity and Wikis. (such as Wikipedia, anonymity and dynamic of contribution)
- Identity in 3D Virtual worlds (such as Second Life)
•           Online / social identity, social digital traces and profiling. Social attention. Displaying and navigating social information (profiles, networks & traces). Mining social information (profiles, networks & traces).
•           Exploiting social identities. Personalisation making use of social profiles, Viral marketing, etc.
•           Issues with online identities in the social web. Social spamming, Quechuping, people defining other’s identity, blurring between the private sphere and the public sphere

In all the above topics, we are seeking analysis and theorisation of the new developments and not simply descriptions.  As a multidisciplinary journal, Identity in the Information Society, also requires transparency, clarity and accessibility in each contribution, so that different disciplines can benefit from each other’s specialist concerns and methods.

Important Dates:

Submission of full papers – 16 November 2008 *** extended ***
Review returned – 7 February 2009
Submission of revised papers – 17 April 2009
Final decision by editors – May 2009

Contact and additional information

Identity in the Information Society
Guest Editor (Social Web and Identity): Thierry Nabeth, INSEAD, France

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